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    July 22nd

    Firefighters battle blazes from Adriatic to Siberia
    MOSCOW, July 22 (Reuters) - Firefighters are tackling blazes
    across Europe and Russia's Far East as a prolonged heatwave and
    some of the highest temperatures on record dry forests and
    grassland from the Adriatic to Siberia.
    In Russia, emergency ministry officials said firefighters
    were trying to douse around 518 separate forest fires across the
    vast country.
    In Portugal, firefighters finally put out a blaze which
    ravaged 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres) of pine forest north of
    the capital, Lisbon, after battling to control the inferno since
    Saturday.
    As a precaution Poland banned access to 40 percent of its
    forests.
    The German government was considering action to support
    farmers who in parts of the country were facing what one
    agricultural leader described as desert conditions.
    "It's becoming a disaster for German agriculture," a German
    farmers' federation leader Gerd Sonnleitner. "We've almost got a
    desert with the climate in Brandenburg at present. It's Mexico,
    it's Siberia."
    The drought had hit 3.5 million hectares of grain fields,
    mainly in eastern and southern Germany, causing millions of
    euros of damage, he said. Other crops affected were maize,
    potatoes and turnips.
    The German office for marine, shipping and hydrography said
    water temperatures in the North Sea were recording the longest
    and most intensive phase of warmth in 130 years.
    TRANSPORT DISRUPTED
    In Russia, forest fires raged across nearly 200,000 hectares
    (440,000 acres), mostly in the Far East, according to
    Emergencies Ministry figures.
    "It is bad, it is very bad, but our people are out fighting
    the fires," said an emergencies ministry spokesman.
    The fires disrupted transport in many areas. The airport of
    Anadyr -- the Arctic hometown of new Chelsea football club owner
    Roman Abramovich -- was closed as thick smoke from a forest fire
    blanketed runways.
    Firefighters in Bosnia, unable to reach some fires in more
    mountainous areas, attempted to snuff out a blaze around the
    southeastern town of Trebinje, Bosnian radio reported.
    Vineyards around the Balkan country's only coastal town of
    Neum were destroyed in a fire on Monday while temperatures on
    Tuesday reached 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 degrees Fahrenheit).
    Italy, which has suffered power cuts due to demands on
    electricity supplies due to the heat, took the unusual action of
    opening up the gates of Alpine reservoirs to pump water into the
    arid Po River in the north.
    Weather forecasters warned temperatures could climb further
    in the next few days and hit 40C (104F) in Florence, Sardinia
    and in the southern toe of the peninsula.

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  • #2
    At least 3 dead

    TOULON, France (AP) - Forest fires that may have been
    deliberately set crunched through the Riviera on Tuesday, killing
    at least three people, devastating the scenic backwoods and forcing
    the evacuation of thousands of people.
    Firefighters speculated that the fires - some 30 that broke out
    nearly simultaneously on Monday - were criminal in origin.
    Firefighters found Molotov cocktails in the region, according to
    radio and television reports.
    The mayor of Roquebrune-Sur-Argens, Luc Jousse, called the
    blazes "a new form of terrorism."
    Firefighters and equipment were being sent from elsewhere in
    France, and even from Italy, to back up the approximately 1,500
    firefighters who worked through the night. Some 100 extra soldiers
    also were sent to help 300 troops already in place.
    At least three people were killed. France Info reported reported
    that two of the dead were British. No precise information on
    identities or the circumstances of the deaths were immediately
    available.
    Fires raged through some of the most prized vacation areas in
    the Var region, concentrated in the area around Frejus.
    "It's the apocalypse," Jousse, the mayor of
    Roquebrune-Sur-Argens, said on LCI television. He said that in his
    sector alone more than 10,000 people were evacuated.
    "I think we've understood that these fires are a new form of
    terrorism," Jousse said. "They are all deliberate."
    President Jacques Chirac, in Papeete, Tahiti, promised that
    "the guilty will be sought out with extreme rigor" and
    "sanctions will be of an extraordinary severity."
    At least seven campsites packed with vacationers were evacuated
    near Sainte-Maxime and 11 others near Frejus.
    Electricity was briefly cut overnight in the Golf of St. Tropez,
    and numerous roads were closed to traffic.
    A fire in the same area just over a week ago burned some 10,000
    hectares (24,710 acres) of the Massif des Maures.
    The latest fire raged through some 8,000 hectares (19,770)
    additional hectares with no sign Tuesday morning of being
    contained.
    (parf-eg)

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    • #3
      7/29

      SAINTE-MAXIME, France (AP) - Forest fires swept through the
      French Riviera on Tuesday, killing at least three people,
      devastating scenic woods and forcing the evacuation of thousands of
      people from prized vacation areas.
      Firefighters speculated that the fires - some 30 that broke out
      nearly simultaneously on Monday - were caused by arson. Molotov
      cocktails were found in the region, according to radio and
      television reports.
      The mayor of Roquebrune-Sur-Argens, Luc Jousse, called the fires
      "a new form of terrorism."
      The blazes were described as the worst ever in the Var region,
      an area thick with Mediterranean pine trees and picturesque bays
      that is a magnet for tourists. The fires were located between
      Toulon and Nice.
      Three women - two British and one Dutch - were killed by the
      blazes, according to Col. Jacques Baudot, the Var fire chief.
      The British women had apparently been trying to escape by car
      when they were caught by the flames around La Garde-Freinet, he
      said. The Dutch woman died while being transferred to a hospital by
      helicopter from Sainte-Maxime. Their identities were not made
      public.
      Firefighters and equipment were sent from elsewhere in France,
      and even from Italy, to back up the approximately 1,500
      firefighters who worked through the night. Some 100 extra soldiers
      also were sent to help 300 troops already in place.
      Fires raged through some of the most prized vacation areas in
      the Var region, concentrated in the areas around Frejus, 25 miles
      from Cannes and Sainte-Maxime, to the west.
      At least seven campsites packed with vacationers were evacuated
      near Sainte-Maxime and 11 others near Frejus.
      Electricity was briefly cut overnight in the Gulf of St. Tropez
      region - a playground for the rich and famous - and numerous roads
      were closed to traffic.
      "It's the apocalypse," Jousse, the mayor of
      Roquebrune-Sur-Argens, said on LCI television. He said that in his
      sector alone more than 10,000 people were evacuated.
      President Jacques Chirac, in Papeete, Tahiti, promised that
      "the guilty will be sought out with extreme rigor" and
      "sanctions will be of an extraordinary severity."
      A fire in the same area just over a week ago burned some 24,710
      acres of the Massif des Maures.
      The latest fire raged through an additional 19,770 acres with no
      sign Tuesday morning of being contained.

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      • #4
        MORE........

        SAINTE-MAXIME, France, July 29 (Reuters) - Hundreds of
        firefighters battled on Tuesday to control raging forest fires
        that killed four tourists and destroyed vast tracts of woodland
        near France's southern Riviera coast.
        Local officials said they suspected arsonists were behind
        some 30 devastating blazes that shrouded the picturesque
        Provencal countryside in thick smoke and forced hundreds of
        holidaymakers to flee their villas and camp sites.
        "There has rarely been such a powerful blaze in the region,"
        said a spokesman for the regional emergency centre.
        There were scenes of panic as the flames engulfed caravans,
        cars and electricity poles, forcing people to ditch their
        vehicles by the side of the road. Some tourists were stranded
        wearing nothing but their swimming suits.
        The badly burnt corpses of two female holidaymakers from the
        British town of Wigan were found near the mountain village of La
        Garde-Freinet, according to a spokesman for the local government
        of the Var region.
        A Dutch woman and a Polish citizen had also been found dead,
        the official said.
        President Jacques Chirac, on an official visit to French
        Polynesia, promised harsh punishment for the culprits.
        "If some of the fires are of criminal origin -- and there is
        every reason to believe they are -- the culprits will be pursued
        with extreme severity," Chirac told a news conference.
        French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy visited the scene
        of what he described as an "ecological massacre," and Italy lent
        a helicopter to help the firefighters while reinforcements were
        also rushed to the region from northwestern France.
        Powerful Mistral winds were fanning the flames, which have
        destroyed more than 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres) of pinewood
        since the blazes started on Monday afternoon.
        Around 1,700 firemen backed by some 15 water-carrying planes
        and helicopters were fighting to control the fires, which
        stretched from the mountain town of Fayence to the coastal
        resort of Sainte-Maxime.
        The mayor of Frejus, Elie Brun, said he planned to file a
        criminal complaint, which will automatically trigger an
        investigation into the cause of the disaster. Firefighters had
        found Molotov cocktails at the scene of the fires, he said.
        "It is quite difficult to explain how in the space of three
        hours, you can have seven, eight, or ten different fires
        starting. It is obvious that there is a criminal cause," Brun
        told French television station LCI.
        Around 1,500 people were evacuated from Sainte-Maxime, where
        100 homes were destroyed. Close to 4,000 holidaymakers were
        forced to leave their camp sites nearby.
        Local officials were expecting 1,000 additional firefighters
        to arrive on Tuesday, including some from neighbouring Italy.
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        • #5
          Tuesday 7/29

          SAINTE-MAXIME, France (AP) - Forest fires swept through parts of
          the ritzy French Riviera for a second day Tuesday, devastating
          scenic woods and forcing thousands to be evacuated. At least four
          people have been killed.
          Authorities speculated that the blazes - some 30 broke out
          nearly simultaneously on Monday - were caused by arson. Molotov
          cocktails were found in the region, local officials said.
          The mayor of Roquebrune-Sur-Argens, Luc Jousse, called the fires
          "a new form of terrorism," although authorities were still
          investigating and had not definitely determined the cause.
          Firefighters met with some success battling the fires near the
          western portion of the French Riviera, but at least one re-erupted
          Tuesday east of Draguignan, about 30 miles from the fashionable
          resort of Cannes, which was untouched.
          Forest fires frequently devastate wide swaths of the Riviera
          backcountry during the summer. But these have been described as the
          worst in decades.
          Clouds of yellow and gray smoke blew across the skyline halfway
          between Toulon and Nice. The region is a magnet for tourists and a
          favorite of painters.
          About 60 homes were destroyed or damaged as flames burned across
          some 21,000 acres by Tuesday morning.
          Police in Draguignan said they had detained a 30-year-old
          municipal employee from the village of Figanieres who is suspected
          of having started several fires.
          Homes and campsites were abandoned as 20,000 people were
          evacuated, although many had returned by Tuesday afternoon.
          Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, visiting the ravaged area,
          said a Russian helicopter that can carry 12 tons of fire retardant
          was being called in. Italy also was sending firefighters and
          vehicles to help, according to the Civil Defense Department in
          Rome. The defense ministry also sent in 600 soldiers to help some
          2,000 French firefighters.
          President Jacques Chirac, in Papeete, Tahiti, promised that
          "the guilty will be sought out with extreme rigor" and
          "sanctions will be of an extraordinary severity."
          Var fire chief Col. Jacques Baudot said authorities had not
          definitely concluded that arson was to blame. But he noted that 28
          fires were started Monday. "There is little probability that this
          is by chance," he said.
          A fire in the same area just over a week ago burned some 24,710
          acres of the Massif des Maures.

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          • #6
            7/30 AM Report

            French Riviera blazes stop spreading but burn on
            NICE, France, July 30 (Reuters) - Fires ravaging the hills
            along France's Riviera coast stopped spreading on Wednesday as
            winds fanning them calmed down, but firemen warned they still
            had to bring several large blazes under control.
            Fire-fighting planes and helicopters bombarded the charred
            hills with water, and exhausted firemen sprayed brush and trees
            to hold back the flames that have destroyed a large swathe of
            the Mediterranean resort region between Cannes and Toulon.
            Police stepped up the search for suspected arsonists thought
            to be responsible for the fires, which started at several
            different spots at once. President Jacques Chirac has pledged
            severe punishment for arsonists.
            "At the moment, the fire seems to be retreating, but it is
            not completely extinguished," Colonel Francis Mene told Reuters,
            referring to a large fire that restarted on Tuesday at La Motte.
            "But the signs are favourable," he added, speaking from the
            rescue operations command.
            The blazes have killed four tourists and destroyed more than
            8,000 hectares (20,000 acres) of pine woods. It has taken around
            1,700 firefighters -- including units from neighbouring Italy --
            and 15 water-carrying planes and helicopters to control them.
            Local authorities suspect arsonists of being behind some 30
            devastating blazes that started late on Monday and shrouded the
            picturesque Provencal countryside in thick smoke, forcing
            thousands of holidaymakers to flee villas and camp sites.
            A suspected arsonist was due to be brought before a judge on
            Wednesday as officials warned pyromaniacs risked jail sentences
            of up to 30 years if fires they started took any lives. Even
            accidental fires could be punished by five years in prison.
            The burnt corpses of a teenage girl and her grandmother from
            the British town of Wigan were found near their burnt out car,
            just 100 metres (yards) away from their intact holiday home in
            the mountain village of La Garde-Freinet on Tuesday. A Dutch
            woman and a Polish man were also found dead.
            There were scenes of panic on Tuesday as the flames, fanned
            by heavy winds, engulfed caravans, cars and electricity poles,
            forcing people to ditch their vehicles by the roadside. Some
            tourists were stranded, wearing nothing but swimming suits.
            "If some of the fires are of criminal origin -- and there is
            every reason to believe they are -- the culprits will be pursued
            with extreme severity," Chirac told a news conference.
            The region has already seen three outbreaks of forest fires
            this month, favoured by exceptionally dry and sunny weather.
            A separate blaze on Monday on the nearby Mediterranean
            island of Corsica killed one man.

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            • #7
              7/30

              By JAMEY KEATEN
              Associated Press Writer
              SAINTE-MAXIME, France (AP) - Stunned vacationers sorted through
              their blackened belongings while firefighters battled to contain
              the last of nearly 30 forest fires that tore through the foothills
              of the French Riviera this week. Officials said that they suspect
              arson.
              The blazes, fueled by parched undergrowth, transformed the
              picturesque and touristic region between Toulon and Nice into an
              ashen moonscape dotted with tree stumps.
              Weary fire crews were concentrating on a remaining blaze moving
              through the craggy, brush-covered hills east of Draguignan, about
              45 kilometers (25 miles) from the fashionable resort of Cannes.
              Heat, wind and jagged terrain made for a tough fight Wednesday
              against the flames in an area where some 28 separate,
              near-simultaneous fires broke out two days earlier, and
              firefighters warned that further fires could erupt if a three-month
              dry spell continued, part of a drought stretching as far as
              northeast Italy.
              "This area is a tinder box of dried vegetation," Col. Eric
              Martin of the regional Var rescue squad, adding that the flames
              were advancing at 4 kph (2.5 mph) and his men were suffering from
              dehydration.
              Fires also were reported elsewhere in southern France, the
              Mediterranean island of Corsica and Portugal. Near
              Salon-de-Provence, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the
              port city of Marseille, nine firefighters were injured.
              Up to 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of land have gone up in
              flames since the start of the Riviera infernos, making them the
              worst in a generation, fire officials said. Scores of homes have
              been damaged or destroyed, some 20,000 people temporarily evacuated
              and four people were killed.
              Officials said that they were looking into arson as a possible
              cause of the blazes after soft drink bottles made into Molotov
              cocktails were found scattered in the region.
              On Wednesday, regional prosecutors were questioning two suspects
              who had displayed "bizarre behavior" in the area, said state
              prosecutor Michel Raffin.
              Meanwhile, Stephane Jousse, 29, of Figanieres, was under
              investigation for setting nine fires in the area earlier this year
              but is not suspected in this week's blazes, Raffin said.
              He said Jousse has admitted to having the urge to set fires.
              Jousse faces 10 years in prison and a euro150,000-euro (US$170,000)
              fine if convicted.
              Elsewhere, Pierre Giolitto, a 71-year-old historian and author,
              returned to his villa in the posh French resort village of Les
              Issambres to find his street lined with smoldering fires.
              His roof collapsed, water pipes burst and the second floor was a
              heap of broken terra cotta tiles, but Giolitto said the worst part
              was the damage to his rare book collection and his computer, which
              held the only copy of a 500-page manuscript that he had nearly
              finished.
              "Even talking about it makes me come to tears," he said, on
              the verge of crying. "This home has been the work of my life - I
              put my whole life into it."

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              • #8
                DRAGUIGNAN, France (Reuters) - A 29-year-old man admitted
                Wednesday to starting some of the forest fires that have torn
                through the French Riviera and killed four tourists, saying he
                was furious at being rejected as a voluntary fireman.
                Stephane Jousse, who has been placed under formal
                investigation and risks up to 10 years in prison if charged,
                said he acted "out of spite" when he started seven fires this
                month, public prosecutor Michel Raffin said.
                Some 30 fires broke out Monday, shrouding the picturesque
                Provencal countryside in thick smoke and forcing thousands of
                vacationers to flee villas and campsites. After 48 hours,
                hundreds of firefighters were still battling blazes at La
                Motte, inland from the Cote d'Azur resort of St. Tropez.
                In central Portugal, more than 500 firefighters and 300
                soldiers were battling for the third day to contain the latest
                in a wave of forest fires while scores of Croatian firefighters
                struggled to contain blazes along the tourist coast of the
                Adriatic.
                Portuguese authorities said flames had killed a 60-year-old
                man near Fundao, 140 miles northeast of Lisbon.
                Most of the fires ravaging France's picture-postcard
                Riviera forests stopped spreading as winds eased, but new
                blazes broke out near Aix-en-Provence during the afternoon,
                sending dark smoke billowing up into the sky.
                Some of the thousands of evacuees returned Wednesday to
                discover their holiday cottages reduced to burnt-out shells and
                the once-green countryside looking like a moonscape.

                THICK SMOKE
                The fires have stirred up strong feelings in France, and
                President Jacques Chirac made a pledge from French Polynesia
                that any arsonists would be severely punished.
                Jousse was arrested near Nice with a lit cigarette lighter
                in his hand. Passers-by had called police to report that he was
                behaving oddly at the scene of a blaze that destroyed 40
                hectares of woodland near his home village of Figanieres.
                He admitted to starting five fires in Draguignan, one in
                Figanieres, one in La Motte and two at Callas using matches or
                a lighter to set fire to twigs by the roadside late in the
                evening. He also said he started two fires a year ago.
                Jousse, a local council employee, was set to be placed in
                detention later Wednesday. His lawyer described him as
                "psychologically fragile" and "intellectually limited."
                Local officials warned that pyromaniacs risked jail
                sentences of up to 30 years if fires they started took any
                lives. Even accidental fires can be punished by five years in
                prison.
                As fire-fighting aircraft bombarded the scorched hills with
                water, police investigators spent Wednesday testing samples of
                taken from charred woodland for traces of petrol.
                This week's blazes killed four tourists, destroyed more
                than 20,000 acres of pine woods and took some 1,700
                firefighters and 15 water-carrying aircraft to control them.
                The charred corpses of a British teen-ager and her
                grandmother were found Tuesday near their burnt out car, just
                100 yards from their intact chalet in the fire-razed village of
                La Garde-Freinet. A Dutch woman and a Polish man also died.
                The region has already seen three outbreaks of forest fires
                this month, after exceptionally dry and sunny weather turned
                the scrub-filled woodlands into a virtual tinderbox. A separate
                blaze on the Mediterranean island of Corsica killed one man.
                In Croatia, a number of blazes raged near popular tourist
                destinations in the south of the country, devouring hundreds of
                acres of pine forest and olive groves.
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                • #9
                  7/31

                  By JAMEY KEATEN
                  Associated Press Writer
                  SAINTE-MAXIME, France (AP) - A hail storm and falling winds
                  Thursday helped firefighters bring the worst of the blazes that
                  have ravaged the French Riviera under control, officials said.
                  Winds dropped to about 5 mph despite earlier forecasts of
                  violent gusts, easing fears that smoldering embers left by this
                  week's fires in the Var region would re-ignite.
                  Nearly 1,000 firefighters from across France, Spain and Greece
                  were drafted in to relieve their exhausted colleagues, many of whom
                  have been battling the flames around the clock since Monday.
                  Thousands of acres of pine forests and scrubland have been
                  scorched. The risk of further fires, however, still remains
                  "severe" Friday, Frances's Civil Security unit said.
                  Many roads bordering forests remain closed to the public while
                  dozens of police patrols have been deployed to thwart possible
                  arsonists. Police suspect the fires were deliberately set.
                  A hail storm lasting one and a half hours thankfully moistened a
                  region that has been stricken by drought over the last two months,
                  said local firefighter spokesman Florian Denan. "Humidity levels
                  have greatly increased," he said.
                  Investigators, meanwhile, kept up a search for arsonists after
                  the discovery of three Molotov cocktails near one of the Riviera
                  fires.
                  Four foreign tourists - two British, a Dutch and a Polish
                  citizen - were killed in the blazes that officials say were the
                  worst in decades.
                  One man has been placed under investigation for allegedly
                  setting seven fires in the region since July 5, but Draguignan
                  Deputy Prosecutor Michel Raffin said he was not a suspect in this
                  week's fires.
                  Stephane Jousse, 29, of Figanieres, was arrested hours before
                  Monday's blazes erupted, "which would have made his participating
                  in the three major fires impossible," Raffin said.
                  Authorities were preparing to interrogate other suspects, Raffin
                  added, without giving details. Two people taken in for questioning
                  on Wednesday have been released, he said.
                  President Jacques Chirac has vowed to punish any possible
                  perpetrators behind the forest fires.
                  The fires have left a swath of blackened moonscape across the
                  craggy, brush-covered hills in the tourist-filled area of the
                  Mediterranean coast.

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                  • #10
                    7/31

                    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) - Firefighters, villagers and even tourists
                    struggled Thursday to extinguish wildfires which destroyed 2,300
                    hectares (5,700 acres) of forests, olive groves and fields in a
                    national park and at least three islands in southern Croatia.
                    The fires broke out early Tuesday on Velebit Mountain in central
                    Croatia, destroying rare plants in a park listed by UNESCO as a
                    natural heritage site. Hundreds of firefighters were battling the
                    blaze but were hampered by winds and temperatures hitting 33
                    degrees Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit).
                    On the southern island of Bisevo, firefighters failed to save
                    two empty homes in wildfires that began Wednesday. About 300
                    hectares (740 acres) of pine trees - half of the island's wooded
                    area - have been destroyed.
                    On two other islands, Hvar and Brac, firefighters frantically
                    fought wildfires while villagers and tourists tried to help,
                    throwing buckets of water on flames fanned by tinder-dry brush.
                    Villages and tourist resorts were threatened.
                    The country's five firefighting planes flew around the clock,
                    dumping water on the flames.
                    Interior Minister Sime Lucin described the fires as arson. At
                    least two people were in custody.
                    Meanwhile, in neighboring Slovenia, about 500 firefighters were
                    fighting the biggest fire in the past 10 years in the Slovenski
                    Kras area, near the Italian border. The fire, which had apparently
                    leapt from across the border, swept through dry, uninhabited
                    terrain.

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                    • #11
                      August 3rd-Portugal Fires death toll at 6

                      LISBON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Three more people have died in a
                      wave of forest fires in central Portugal, bringing to six the
                      number killed in the past week in the country's worst blazes for
                      two decades, officials said on Sunday.
                      Commander Antonio Roaldinho, duty officer at the National
                      Rescue Operations Centre, said the bodies of two women were
                      found in Chamusca, which is about 100 km (62 miles) northeast of
                      Lisbon and whose name means "singeing" in Portuguese.
                      A man of 50 was overcome by flames as he tried to escape by
                      tractor from a fire near Ponte de Sor, 100 km east of Lisbon.
                      Three people died last week in blazes that have spread in
                      unusually hot, dry weather with strong winds fanning the flames.
                      A fireman also died when a water-carrying truck in which he
                      was travelling crashed near Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, 300 km
                      (187 miles) northeast of the capital.
                      More than 2,800 firefighters and 400 soldiers are fighting
                      dozens of blazes. They are equipped with 500 vehicles and water
                      bombing planes sent by Italy and Morocco in response to an
                      international appeal for help by the Portuguese government.
                      Just over the border in southwestern Spain, helicopters and
                      fire-fighting planes battled forest fires in a record-breaking
                      heatwave that has killed seven in the country.
                      Roaldinho said emergency workers were desperate to prevent
                      fires sweeping through several Portuguese towns, including
                      Macao, about 120 km northeast of Lisbon.
                      Eyewitnesses reported that several houses had burned down in
                      Macao and residents were carrying buckets of water to help
                      firefighters battle the blaze street by street.
                      One blaze, extinguished on Friday after three days, burned
                      down more than 11,000 hectares of mostly pinewood forest in the
                      biggest fire tallied by the government in 15 years.
                      Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso told state radio he
                      had called an extraordinary cabinet meeting for Monday aimed at
                      limiting damage from Portugal's worst fires in 20 years.
                      The Forestry Department said apart from releasing huge
                      amounts of greenhouse gas, the destruction of forests that cover
                      about a third of Portugal made the country more prone to
                      desertification.

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                        Spain

                        Helicopters battle Spanish fires, heatwave kills 7
                        MADRID, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Helicopters and fire-fighting
                        planes battled forest fires in southern Spain on Sunday as the
                        death toll from a record-breaking heatwave rose to seven.
                        The worst fires blazed in the southwestern region of
                        Extremadura, near the border with Portugal where a spate of
                        forest fires has claimed six lives.
                        Temperatures were well above 40 degrees Celsius (104
                        Fahrenheit) in southern Spain on Sunday and high winds fanned
                        the flames.
                        Some 500 people have been evacuated from their homes in
                        Extremadura, a sparsely populated, rural area.
                        "There are three fires still active, of which two are under
                        control," a spokesman for the regional government said.
                        It was not immediately clear how much forest was affected.
                        RNE state radio cited health authorities in the southern
                        region of Andalucia as saying seven people had died since
                        Thursday of heat-related illnesses and 12 were in hospital.
                        Health officials said cases of heat stroke had risen 10
                        percent year-on-year as temperatures in some southern cities
                        topped 46 degrees (115 Fahrenheit), according to RNE.
                        In the last few days several towns, mostly in Andalucia,
                        have recorded their highest temperatures since records began.
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                          Portugal 8/4

                          LISBON, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Portugal declared a national
                          disaster on Monday due to forest fires that have killed nine
                          people in the last week as a heatwave fanned blazes across
                          Europe.
                          The fires in Portugal, the worst in a generation, have
                          flared amid a heatwave stretching from Russia to the Iberian
                          Peninsula and Britain's Atlantic coast.
                          The heat has killed at least 12 people in Spain and Germany
                          and threatens to break national temperature records in France
                          and Britain.
                          Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso said the
                          declaration of a national disaster, approved by the cabinet on
                          Monday, would make more than 100 million euros ($113 million)
                          available in disaster aid.
                          "The situation the country is facing is exceptional, caused
                          by absolutely exceptional climatic conditions," he said. "That
                          is why we have to act with exceptional measures."
                          Durao Barroso said Portugal would also seek disaster relief
                          funding from the European Union.
                          The heatwave was due to a mass of hot, dry air from the
                          southeast, said Mario Almeida, a spokesman at Portugal's weather
                          service.
                          "Temperatures are certainly unusual and the highest for some
                          years, but it is too early to say whether they are due to
                          climate change," he said.
                          Fires in Spain's Extremadura region, which borders Portugal,
                          and the province of Avila forced hundreds of people to evacuate
                          their homes.
                          In Spain's southern region of Andalucia, seven people have
                          died from the heatwave since Thursday, a spokeswoman for the
                          regional health service said. Most were elderly.
                          HEAT KILLS FIVE IN GERMAN TOWN
                          Temperatures in the high 30s Centigrade (upper 90s F) caused
                          five deaths in the northern German town of Holzminden over the
                          weekend.
                          Construction work on a soccer stadium in Munich was halted
                          on Monday because engineers feared temperatures reaching 36 C
                          (96.8 F) could cause cracks in the structure.
                          In the eastern state of Brandenburg, about 30 hectares (74
                          acres) of forest were ablaze 60 km (37 miles) south of Berlin,
                          forcing closure of a national road.
                          In France, a spokeswoman for the state weather office said
                          temperatures this week were expected to near the national record
                          of 44 C (111.2 F) set in 1923. In Britain, temperatures
                          threatened to top the 37.1 C (98.8 F) all-time high.
                          Authorities in southern France have limited water use and
                          there were fears of rising air pollution levels. Many parts of
                          Switzerland have banned open fires for fear of forest fires.
                          Britain's rail network slapped speed restrictions on a wide
                          range of lines due to risk of rails buckling and warned of
                          extended journey times.
                          Speed limits were cut to 60 miles per hour (100 km) from the
                          more usual 90 or 120 miles per hour and could go even lower.
                          Some 431 fires were raging in Russia. Heavy rain has tamed
                          blazes that devastated swathes of Siberia and the Russian Far
                          East.
                          Firefighters in Croatia battled fires on the Adriatic
                          islands of Brac, Hvar and Bisevo, where temperatures reached 37
                          C (98.6 F). Blazes have burned an estimated 5,000 to 6,000
                          hectares (12,500 to 15,000 acres) of pine forests, olive groves
                          and scrubland in southern Croatia since last week.
                          SMOKE SHROUDS PORTUGAL
                          Smoke from the fires in Portugal's central mountain areas
                          have shrouded much of the Indiana-sized nation and limited the
                          use of water-bombing aircraft.
                          More than 2,300 firefighters, mostly volunteers, were
                          tackling 72 blazes in Portugal, which is about one-third forest.
                          Weary firefighters in Semideiro, a town of 1,500 people
                          about 100 km (65 miles) northeast of Lisbon, battled to keep
                          flames from a blazing pine forest away from houses. With
                          afternoon temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees
                          Fahrenheit), they hoped a southern wind would hold.
                          "If the wind shifts from the south and changes to the north
                          there could be a tragedy, since many towns are at risk,"
                          firefighter Manuel Policarpo told Reuters.
                          "Today the planes came, which were a big help," Celestiana
                          Antunes, a Semideiro resident in her 60s, said as she surveyed
                          the burned pine stand surrounding her house.
                          "It's too bad they didn't come sooner," she added.
                          The national Forestry Commission estimated 54,000 hectares
                          (135,000 acres) had burned in the most recent wave of fires
                          which began last week. The figure is slightly more than twice
                          the amount destroyed by fire for the year to July 27.
                          A spokesman for the National Rescue Operations Centre said
                          nine people had died in the past week. Eight were overcome by
                          flames and a firefighter was killed when a fire truck crashed.
                          (Additional reporting by Tobias Matthies in Berlin, Dan Trotta
                          in Madrid and by Zurich, Moscow, Helsinki, Paris, Berlin and
                          Zagreb newsrooms)

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                            LISBON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Portugal's worst forest fires in a
                            generation have killed two more people, bringing the death toll
                            to 11 in a week, authorities said on Tuesday.
                            A 62-year-old man was found dead with signs of having been
                            overcome by fumes, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported, and the
                            charred body of an elderly woman was found in Oleiros, 170 kms
                            (105 miles) northeast of Lisbon.
                            Commander Antonio Gualdino, duty officer at the National
                            Rescue Operations Centre, confirmed the two deaths but had no
                            details.
                            About 3,400 firefighters and soldiers had worked through the
                            night to take advantage of a drop in temperatures to combat
                            fires, many of which have raged for days.
                            "Weather conditions were favourable last night and we
                            managed to put some fires out, but temperatures will climb again
                            today to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and the
                            wind is beginning to blow from the east, which will certainly
                            complicate matters," he said.
                            Portugal declared national disaster on Monday and made more
                            than 100 million euros ($113.6 million) available to victims of
                            the blazes.
                            In the past week some 54,000 hectares (135,000 acres) of
                            woodland have been destroyed by fires, according to a
                            preliminary estimate by the Forestry Commission.
                            About one-third of Portugal is covered by forest and fires
                            have spread in woods dried out by weeks of drought as high
                            temperatures and strong winds have fanned the flames.

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                              August 5th

                              LISBON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Forest fires burned across Europe
                              on Tuesday, with the death toll from blazes in Portugal hitting
                              11 and France facing a potential "volcano" amid a heat wave
                              gripping the continent.
                              The high temperatures strained power supplies in Italy and
                              chimpanzees in the Amsterdam zoo were getting iced fruit to stay
                              cool. The heat has fanned forest fires from Poland to the
                              Iberian Peninsula, with Portugal's fires so extensive they can
                              be seen in satellite photos.
                              Portugal's Lusa news agency said the bodies of a 62-year-old
                              man and an elderly woman were found near Oleiros, a town about
                              170 km (105 miles) northeast of Lisbon near the centre of the
                              fires. The man had signs of smoke poisoning and the woman was
                              burned.
                              The deaths raise the number killed to 11 since the latest
                              spate of fires started at the beginning of last week, while in
                              Spain and Germany 12 have died in the heat wave. Portugal
                              declared a national disaster on Monday because of the fires.
                              About 3,400 firefighters and soldiers worked through the
                              night to take advantage of a drop in temperatures, a spokesman
                              for Portugal's National Rescue Operations Centre said.
                              "Weather conditions were favourable last night and we
                              managed to put some fires out," he said. But daytime
                              temperatures nearing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit)
                              and a wind coming from the east could hinder firefighting
                              efforts, he said.
                              The Portuguese weather service has said Europe's hot spell
                              was caused by a mass of hot, dry air moving from the southeast.
                              FRENCH "VOLCANO"
                              With temperatures nearing records in many parts of France,
                              hundreds of firefighters struggled to contain a forest fire near
                              the picturesque Gorges du Tarn in the south of the country.
                              "We're sitting on a volcano which could light up anywhere at
                              any moment," Jean Schmidt, a spokesman for the fire service in
                              the Lozere region, told LCI TV. "The danger is everywhere."
                              In Paris, people thronged the banks of the Seine River that
                              have been turned into an urban beach with sand, cafes, deck
                              chairs and palm trees. The temperature in the capital was
                              expected to near 40 C (104 F) again on Tuesday.
                              The Amsterdam zoo was giving its chimpanzees iced fruit and
                              spraying ostriches with cold water to keep them cool as
                              temperatures in the Dutch capital edged towards 30 C (86 F),
                              Dutch news agency ANP reported.
                              Italy's national electricity grid said it had cut power to
                              some big industrial customers amid soaring demand. Italy has
                              suffered from power outages in recent weeks and has imported
                              power from France, Switzerland and Slovenia.
                              German firefighters had largely put out blazes in the
                              eastern state of Brandenburg by early Tuesday. However,
                              authorities barred people from entering forests in parts of
                              Brandenburg to lessen the risk of fire.
                              Temperatures in Germany were expected to reach 38 or 39 C
                              (100.4 or 102.2 F), close to the record of 40.2 C (104.4 F) set
                              in 1983.
                              Polish fire crews battled 35 forest fires on Monday and
                              about a quarter of its woodlands were at serious risk of fire
                              after temperatures topped 30 C (86 F) for much of July,
                              authorities said.
                              In southern Bosnia, mines left over from Bosnia's 1992-95
                              war have barred firefighters from coming to grips with a
                              three-day-old fire near Mostar.

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